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A Look at Palmyra, the Historic Syrian City Retaken by IS

Prior to that, media reports emerged alleging that Daesh has reentered Palmyra after being ousted from the city by Syrian troops with air support from Russian Federation earlier in the year. In a display of triumph, the Russian government in May sent an orchestra to hold a concert among the city's famous Roman ruins. Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.

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United Nations warns of 'atrocities against civilians' in Aleppo

The historic city of Aleppo had for years been divided into a government-held west and rebel-held east, with the army leaning heavily on foreign fighters and the rebels divided among an array of factions. Separately, Syria's humanitarian White Helmets said Sunday they rescued an eight-month-old baby girl called Fatima from rubble in Saraqeb, near the city of Idlib.

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Rubio has 'serious concerns' about Tillerson

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a former Trump rival for the GOP presidential nomination, is among the Republicans who have expressed concerns about Tillerson. "I'm sure he has excellent business credential, but Donald Trump has chosen to put someone in as the nominee who does not have foreign policy or diplomatic experience and has these ties to Russian Federation", she told CNN's Poppy Harlow on "New Day".

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South Korea central bank - market impact of impeachment vote seems limited

The South Korean parliament's decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye has increased uncertainty on the Korean peninsula, adding to unease over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's ambitious nuclear programme and the unknown policy direction of U.S.

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Aleppo: 82 civilians executed by pro regime forces

Fears have been growing for thousands of trapped civilians as rebels make a desperate last stand in their remaining pocket of territory in the former opposition stronghold of east Aleppo. "While stressing that the United Nations is not able to independently verify these reports, the Secretary General is conveying his grave concern to the relevant parties", the United Nations statement said.

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Romney Reveals He Will Not Be Secretary of State in Facebook Post

ABC and CNN were among several news sources that pointed to the often harsh criticisms Trump and Romney threw at each other during the 2016 campaign, with Romney notably referring to Trump as a "con-man", "fraud" and a "phony". After Bloomberg and some other sources revealed this information on Monday night, the former MA governor also confirmed that he was not being considered for the job by Trump.

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Russian Federation says Aleppo fighting is over

A group of about 300 civilians, including some gravely wounded, is expected to be evacuated Tuesday night with more evacuations to follow on Wednesday, rebels said . He said the reports came in late Monday, adding that he didn't know when the killings took place. "The latest information that we have received during the past hour or so is that military operations in eastern Aleppo have concluded ", the Russian ambassador said, according to RT .

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More than 30 dead as tanker rams into vehicles on Kenya road

George Rono was driving on the highway when he saw the tanker crash into other vehicles. The fire caught cars on both sides of the road. It is feared that the death toll could rise further given the number of vehicles involved. Kenya has had difficulty struggling to cut down on the rising incidents of traffic accidents. A fuel tanker has exploded on a road in Kenya , killing at least 30 people.

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Iran, angered by USA sanctions bill, considers atomic boats

Rouhani's announcement marked Tehran's first concrete reaction to a decision by the US Congress last month to extend some sanctions on Tehran that would also make it easier to reimpose others lifted under the nuclear pact. The US uses nuclear reactors to power its aircraft carriers and submarines. Nuclear expert Mark Hibbs said: "On the basis of global experience, were Iran to go ahead with such a project, it would have to increase its enrichment level".

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New Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni to be sworn in

The new cabinet is due to be sworn in later in the day, opening the way for confidence votes in both houses of parliament this week, formally allowing Gentiloni to take office at the head of Italy's 64th government in just 70 years. Almost all other ministers were reappointed, including respected technocrat Pier Carlo Padoan at the economy and finance ministry. Gentiloni noted that "not out of choice", he would have to seek a government and a majority similar to the outgoing ones because ...

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Oil prices edge off earlier gains, awaiting supply figures

Traders said there was significant profit-taking after oil shot to mid-2015 highs earlier this week following a deal reached by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other exporters led by Russian Federation to cut output by nearly 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd).

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Roger Ailes Accused of Sexual Harassment in New Lawsuit

She also contends that her career at Fox-owned TV station WNYW was harmed because of sexual discrimination. In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY on Tuesday, Ms. In November 2011, Curanaj accepted a freelance position as a reporter with Fox 5. A spokesperson for Fox Television Stations tells TVSpy "we do not think the plaintiff's claims have merit, and we intend to defend vigorously".

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Salvation Army seeks donations, volunteers

With unsafe wind chills approaching the Shenandoah Valley later this week, the Harrisonburg chapter of the Salvation Army has made a decision to close all of its outdoor kettle locations. Donations can be made at any kettle location, by calling 812-232-4081, or by visiting saterrehaute.org and giving online through the Salvation Army's secure donation form.

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From 'oops' to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy

Ted Cruz , a fellow Texan, as the field narrowed, but eventually came around and served as an enthusiastic campaign surrogate for Trump. The former Texas governor is USA president-elect Donald Trump's choice to become energy secretary, two people with knowledge of the decision say.

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At least 50000 IS fighters killed in Iraq, Syria

The official said it was a conservative estimate , but it's a bit more than what others have stated before. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Baghdad to meet with American commanders and Iraqi leaders and to assess progress in the fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group .

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Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

Beyond the issue of humanitarian access, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Moscow and Damascus needed to realise that the fall of Aleppo would not end the war and that negotiations based on U.N. The evacuation is being conducted through humanitarian corridors, organized by Moscow and Damascus. After the talks that included opposition representative Riad Hijab, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault urged a diplomatic solution to the almost six-year-old conflict.

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Terminally ill 5-year-old boy dies in Santa's arms

He said he would leave as soon as he changed into his Santa suit but was told there wasn't time. Schmitt-Matzen said the initial call came from a nurse at the hospital. It made me realize the role I have to play. Schmitt-Matzen then asked the little boy to do him a "big favor". Schmitt-Matzen nearly hung up his Santa hat that day, but when he thought about the impact he can make on children's lives, like that little boy's, he chose to stick around - at least one more year.

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ISIS retakes ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

Russian officials denied that a deal with the United States had been reached to remove the remaining rebel fighters from Aleppo , citing ongoing talks in Geneva. Government forces are on the verge of driving rebels from eastern Aleppo, which they had held since 2012. "Regime forces only allow the exit of residents who pay money", he said.

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Obama defends decision to order probe of alleged Russian Federation hacking

For the electors who signed the letter to the National Intelligence director - up to 29 signatures by Tuesday morning - their role is "not just a ceremonial thing", Bev Hollingworth, a retired hotel owner and New Hampshire elector, told ABC News.

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Thousands protest twin bombing attacks in Istanbul

Two bomb blasts near an Istanbul stadium after a soccer match ended killed 38 people and wounded 155 others in an attack that appeared to target police, Turkey's interior minister and officials said. The club said that among those killed was Vefa Karakurdu, a senior police officer in charge of security at games who was a member of its congress, and Tunc Uncu who worked at its official merchandise shop.

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Syrian rebels say cease-fire reached to evacuate Aleppo

Women and children are among the dead. He also cited "disturbing" reports of bodies that lay abandoned in the streets because other residents feared being shot on sight. "We hear children crying, we hear calls for help, but we just can't do anything". Another described the situation inside the city as "doomsday". They were looking after the orphaned children of another daughter killed in the bombing, she said, and were reduced to putting pots and pans in the street to collect rainwater.

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Russian Hacking Is Creating A Fissure Between Trump And Some Lawmakers

Tillerson's extensive dealings on behalf of Exxon with Russian leader Vladimir Putin have raised conflict of interest questions. He said the Intelligence Committee is "more than capable of conducting a complete review of this matter". "This should distress every American", wrote Podesta. Russian former chess world champion Gary Kasparov on Monday urged those who opposed Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPelosi: Tillerson's "coziness" to Putin "alarming" Trump meets with Vogue ...

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ISIL 'Recaptures' Palmyra From Syrian Forces

Palmyra , a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famous throughout the world for its antiquities and ancient ruins. The deadly war in Syria has killed more than 300,000 people since it started in March 2011 with a wave of anti-government protests.

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How a Single Senate Republican Could Tank Rex Tillerson's Nomination

The nomination comes just days after the Central Intelligence Agency accused Russian Federation of interfering to help Trump win the USA election - a development which could complicate Tillerson's confirmation hearings before the Senate. "His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of state". "I think it's a very valued relationship by both parties", he said at a May 2014 Exxon shareholder meeting.

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US military Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, no fatalities

The Defense Ministry is checking the details with the USA military about the incident. The Marine aviation mishap is the second in less than a week in the waters off of Japan. The Japanese and USA governments are trying to move the Futenma base operations from Ginowan to the less populated Henoko coastal area of Nago. A formal investigation into the mishap has been launched.

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Lawyers clash over use of accusers' names at Cosby hearing

They're expected to make their arguments Wednesday. Prosecutors hope to call 13 of the approximately 50 Cosby accusers they interviewed to show an alleged pattern of criminal activity. At the time, a prosecutor declined to file charges. Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater Temple University, has accused him of drugging her with pills and wine in 2004 at his home before sexually assaulting her.

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Russia: Syrian government has established control over eastern Aleppo

Rebel defences in Aleppo collapsed on Monday, leading to a broad advance by the Syrian army across the remaining insurgent territory in eastern Aleppo and a retreat of opposition fighters to a few districts. USA ambassador Samantha Power told the Security Council Washington wanted worldwide observers in Aleppo to oversee the evacuation. As the frontlines quickly shifted on Monday, however, thousands more people fled the fighting, carrying what possessions they could carry and sometimes ...

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Hundreds turn out to honor slain Georgia officer

Authorities say the suspected shooter, Minquell Lembrick, died Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But the pain and anxiety aren't over for residents of Americus, a city of about 17,000 people in rural southwest Georgia. A telephone tip Thursday morning sent them to a home where the suspect was said to be hiding, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

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Iran Air, Boeing Finalize Deal on Purchase of 80 Aircraft

The agreement between Boeing and Iran air was announced in June but took place when the USA officials cleared the way to start contract talks in September for Airbus and Boeing . If the deal gets approval it would stop the US Treasury from issuing licenses that American banks would necessitate to back sales of commercial aircraft.

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New Congress poised to greet Trump with Russia probes

Trump and his transition team have vehemently denied all reports on Russia's influence the USA election. The president-elect says the notion that Russian Federation would intervene to help him win is "ridiculous ". Indeed that the steady flow of emails by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were nicked from Clinton's account as well as those of her Campaign Chairman John Podesta and other Clinton confidante lent credence to the notion that the former Secretary of State was targeted and ...

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Trump's criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

Senator Charles Schumer, who will be Democratic leader next year, said he welcomed McConnell's support for "a deep and thorough bipartisan investigation" with access to all relevant intelligence. Members of Congress are likely to agree to launch some kind of investigation into the Russian hacking. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes.

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Republican leaders join call for probe of Russian hacking of U.S. election

Yes, law enforcement officials have said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't concluded the RNC was directly breached or that Russian hacking was done to help Trump win. We've been hearing since before the election that Russian Federation may have cyber attacked the DNC files to influence the election toward Donald Trump.

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Aleppo rebel commander says US, Turkey must save civilians

It was unclear how many civilians remained in rebel territory, after an estimated 130,000 fled to other parts of Aleppo during the government advance. Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Foreign Minister of France, described the attacks as "coldblooded murders of entire families on the ground who were deemed close to the opposition; summary executions, including of women and children; people burned alive in their homes; the continuation of systematic targeting of hospitals, their staff and their ...

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Trump to name ex-Texas governor Rick Perry energy secretary

Perry said that he would get rid of the Department of Education, and Department of Commerce, but then he faltered, forgetting the third agency he would put on the chopping block. I suspect much of the country remembers Perry's "oops" moment . Wind power did expand under Perry during his tenure in Texas - from 200 megawatts in 2000 to 14,098 megawatts in 2014, according to the American Wind Energy Association - and he supported the construction of transmission lines almost a decade ago that ...

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Italian president: We need a new government urgently

Renzi quit as premier last week after losing a reforms referendum. La Repubblica newspaper said he was in line to lead the new government. Gentiloni, 62, is a close ally of Renzi and will be seen by the opposition as a puppet premier keeping the seat warm for his colleague, who is planning a comeback at the next election.


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